alesse medication pregnancy ethinyl estradiol buying carbozyne from canada no prescription zyban medicine buy lithium ion battery charger (li-50c ) buy combivent tablets us where do i plavix in uk 12 days of christmas tadacip generic 2013 drugs erexor over counter plavix generic costco caverta medication online generic bactrim dosage strattera reviews depression viagra like products can you buy mestinon get diakof toronto is artane legal in uk cheap moduretic buy online how much does noroxin cost online brafix purchase how long do side effects of vermox last ordering ventolin online betapace capsules lipothin india order cytotec online without rx ranitidine over the counter uk donde puedo comprar adalat over the counter medicine that acts as augmentin cialas pro us nitrofurantoin bid 100mg side effects how do you get high off gabapentin what is clonidine hydrochloride 0.1 mg keppra prices walmart prednisolone canada buy kamagra oral jelly with paypal levitra 20mg 4 tabletten benemid pharmacy prices list can you get high off diclofenac what is kamagra oral jelly 100mgs buy calan mg online order benicar 20 plavix brand order xalatan medicine children is accutane 100 percent effective where can i get topamax pills protonix dosage forms letrozole pbs australia can you buy acivir pills mg cheap chloramphenicol 10 mg g revatio 100 mg class action lawsuit against aleve geriforte usa cvs prices online trileptal india ordering venlor here in canada midamor india side effects of ortho tri-cyclen lo buying depo provera online mail-order grifulvin v buy risperdal 4mg cialis super active by mail order canadian rx for dogs buying viagra soft are there any over the counter medications for chlamydia ranitidine generic release date buy triamterene paypal how much does zyrtec cost buy clomid astrailia sominex como usar oral cytoxan dose cheap actos generic canadian coal and allied generic induction buy cialis soft online uk no prescription lotensin composition what is the dose of topamax for weight loss where can i buy adalat tretinoin gel buy online abilify generic price azithromycin tablets 250mg and alcohol buy la india finasteride 1mg where can i purchase brahmi where to buy caverta ointment can you buy prandin buy cheap xenical no prescription cytotec precio bogota desyrel not generic metoprolol dose for anxiety compazine for nausea in pregnancy mebendazole buy online uk v-gel online order cialis viagra levitra which is best drug buy wellbutrin in india online nitrofurantoin alcohol consumption pharmacy express discount code why is there a shortage of atrovent sominex mg order noroxin antibiotic junel 1 20 drug trazodone insomnia reviews doxycycline online canada mail order nizagara online side effects clomid fertile women cheap canadian levitra generic from anafranil cheap synthroid 40 mg generic benfotiamine in usa dostinex drug in germany pharmacy order effexor xr 37.5 mg coupon price buy zyvox proventil perth australia capoten online order buy rogaine 2 greece cordarone online order cheapest citalopram in the uk best online pharmacy generic retino-a cream 0,025 feldene gel australia side effects of casodex for prostate cancer norco sight killer b 3 review differin pills online in the uk buy depakote online no rx non perscription hydrochlorothiazide asacol prix en pharmacie en france torsemide with no rx seroquel high erowid buy levaquin online cheap overnight generic online prescription amitriptyline aristocort ointment ingredients aciphex spain zoloft pill shortage order ditropan without rx cialis 20 mg online walmart online pharmacy login comprar cialis andorra canadian meds store reviews orlistat 120 mg availability dostinex price in pakistan sinemet tablets uses buy paroxetine inhaler canada order non generic doxazosin clozaril dose titration what is vasotec for can i make capoten birth control pills toradol xeloda over counter antibiotics amoxicillin chest infection max flexeril dosage cheap ginseng usa buying clomid online no prescription generic glucophage india helpful online pharmacy acheter cialis france dosage of doxycycline for acne treatment order atorlip-10 online canada cilas laser designator aricept 23 mg price can order prednisone online order adalat 30 mg generic splitting diovan hct pills cytoxan medication assistance valacyclovir online cheap tetracycline canada overnight delivery atrovent canada overnight delivery how to order aceon buy lynoral online reviews himcocid prescription coupon fucidin brand order allopurinol and warfarin interaction safe canadian online pharmacy malegra fxt express canada where to buy periactin in the uk drugstore is my citalopram dose too high divya ashwagandha churna price in india buy genuine cleocin uk purchase birth control pills no prescription where prevacid diablo 3 barbarian stats hell avandamet shortage carafate next day best site to buy floxin extendaquin discount voucher order tetracycline from australia without prescription fluoxetine from china get cialis soft toronto is there a drug comparative to zanaflex how to take levitra professional losec dosage for dogs purchase cheap generic pharmacy fincar how long does it take for doxycycline to cure chlamydia periactin 10 mg cost over the counter medicine tetracycline buying chloroquine from canada no prescription albendazole oral suspension for children abbott tricor discount genuine viagra sublingual 100mg overnight innopran xl isotretinoin canadian pharmacy canada pharmacy generic effexor ralista prescription only cialis super active sale tadalafil 20mg 5mg buy suprax discount generic buy zerit online no prescription us viagra cialis levitra wiki oncology pharmacy online course buy bactroban fast shipping warfarin inr guidelines liposafe online uk buy atrovent hong kong prescription fedex better than viagra soft generic pills for viagra jelly metformin denk 500 mg discount obagi tretinoin cream florida geriforte syrup cheap arimidex online buy mobic without a script mexican pharmacies no prescription side effects of naproxen in men lamisil with prescription what does trazodone hcl look like avandamet where can i buy it metronidazole flagyl dosage for trich nebenwirkungen plavix 75 100 st depakote er brand vs. generic free coupon for betnovate my sumycin coupons trimox maximum dosage purchase zovirax cheap prescription cheapest retin-a 0,05 sirius radio advertising viagra buy genuine colchicine uk how to by celebrex online trazodone from anti depressant anti anxiety treatment aleve online in usa can you get deltasone buy generic allopurinol otc asthma inhaler walmart lithium orotate maximum dosage ampicillin without a script mg arjuna online espan~ol latino diploma pharmacy online india lowest priced wellbutrin sr cialis 2.5 mg price comparison cheap actos uk drugs meclizine hcl high lisinopril effexor xr from canada vendita cialis originale online protonix coupons side effects of trazodone weight gain do over the counter anxiety pills work aldactone canada online buy can you buy nimotop over the counter lipitor no prescription cheap price online pharmacy ginseng costume seroquel overdose alcohol crackdown on no prescription drugstore online long term side effects of acticin buy cialis jelly next day depakote buy canada atarax tablets for dogs amaryl m2 forte buy prometrium online canada no prescription buying acivir pills in manchester is betnovate good for acne flovent capsules deltasone woldwide shipping zithromax pill shop discount code cialis generic online buy cleocin online safely aygestin dosage too high can buy strattera online lithium 100mg cheep bystolic us sales prednisone 10 mg for poison ivy cost of kytril sinequan 10 mg cost seroquel mg tablet buy aldactone in uk how big are bactrim pills zestril generico italiano robber hair salon black belt viagra tetracycline 500mg lexapro 10 mg twice a day viagra philippines ginseng online shipping discount wellbutrin mg reglan reviews synthroid 100 mcg side effects furosemide tab 40 mg what is it for side effects of avapro blood pressure medicine clomid success rate twins plavix cheap no prescription what is visceral pain and parietal pain lexapro generic date 2012 isoptin in the uk adalat online serial tadacip 100mg cheap cheap mestinon uk what are the side effects of desyrel cozaar discount voucher chloromycetin online in us defenac gel sinemet 100 10 levlen india what is anxiety disorder tadacip generic buy suhagra boots pharmacy can order nimotop canada viagra soft on line in the canada maximum januvia dose order diclofenac gel tablets viagra online shopping india floxin no prescription lisinopril 40 mg for sale licensed pharmacy viagra sublingual comprar tetracycline original canadian ampicillin can we trust strattera online digoxin ordering online pharmacy lozol on line purchase minocycline prescription online online cialis order viagra prandin without prescription comprar albendazole original en madrid mentat cheap price nizoral anti dandruff shampoo price aldactone lawsuit canada buy tadalis sx online usa antabuse discount buy avodart with mastercard is elavil a tricyclic antidepressant buy dilantin pills online can i get high off cymbalta discount tegretol canadian pharmacy lozol nationwide benadryl shortage amantadine 5 mg capsules where to purchase calcium carbonate ceftin wanted online review cialis 100mg tablets clear blue easy fertility monitor and clomid zovirax perth australia buy cialis canada 2013 protonix works better than prilosec can you order phenergan online buy generic medicines online in india dose keflex urinary tract infection cheap januvia pills order rosuvastatin 120 mg cost of atorlip-5 without insurance what does the pill levlen do target pharmacy discount prescriptions where to buy prednisone in canada safely what class of drugs is evista where to buy liv dolls online augmentin tablet 1000 mg nedir requip without rx female cialis uk online zerit without prescription rabeprazole domperidone side effects where to buy amlodipine besylate online non prescription imitrex lipitor generico online is mail order kytril safe topamax bupropion weight loss order carafate overnight buy tamoxifen canada imuran shortage order vpxl on line uk which uk site to buy lipitor real propecia online mobic dosage recommended tamoxifen without a prescription from india himcolin gel of himalaya price top 10 online vasodilan sites astelin for men sale in uk oral erythromycin reviews buy brand amoxil without a subscription finast with paypal payment best site for avapro ciproxin suspension bayer nimotop from usa what is viagra super active tablets buy cheap promethazine using pay pal buy phenamax capsules ovulation on clomid symptoms geriforte shortage shallaki for men in usa buy pravachol mexican pharmacies detrol pill shortage mail order keftab how to take zyprexa cheap actos uk buy online canadian pharmacy order effexor xr drugs malegra fxt shelf life where can i get generic cialis benadryl allergy tablets side effects the drugstore cowboys myspace ordering lamictal online singulair 10 mg tabletas is lexapro available in mexico order zovirax medication by mail beat way to order lamisil buy differin from mexico online adalat india eutirox 50 effetti collaterali where can i buy alli in the uk femara discount card serevent inhaler dose best drugs to take during sex where can i get some synthroid prescription elavil tegretol suppliers overseas worldwide pharmacy dramamine mupirocin resistance in mrsa purchase lasuna mg costco pharmacy plavix us pharmacies that sell motilium where to buy risperdal drugs online healthy weight management system that includes buspar on line pharmacy over the counter orlistat 60 mg dramamine supositorios 100 mg can we trust tofranil online best generic serophene review imitrex annual sales effects of propecia on sperm nymphomax without prescription miami blue mountain pharmacy columbia md citalopram generic brand nexium for discount where to get prograf generic from tretinoin 0,05 purchase benfotiamine online viagra vs cialis forumup mentat tablets side effects advair diskus online price purchase coversyl 10mg generic hyaluronic acid us viagra plus no prescription prescription metformin and pregnancy apotex generic lipitor recall free ed hardy perfume samples online pharmacy colospa cheap aricept india generic amaryl price azithromycin and pregnancy brend viagra -onlain sele purchase effexor xr pills buy florinef boots pharmacy buy liv in usa alli weight loss program reviews diamox 100mg tablet cipralex 5mg tablets buy online flomax relief mr in canaca hyzaar drug information buy capoten 15mg online methylprednisolone side effects 4mg dosepak ranitidine precio mexico use renagel coupon online evista competition what is cefixime trihydrate used for motrin suspension 40 mg buy aciclovir tablets india acivir tablets dosage does hydrochlorothiazide pills look like all active birth control pills same benzac on line female viagra comparison steam stats graph generic retino-a cream 0,025 cost precios viagra en farmacia zafirlukast 20 mg vs singulair minomycin lariam prices cvs low dose amitriptyline alcohol estrace limited india chloroquine mg tablet can i purchase valtrex over the counter solu medrol 40 mg prezzo houses for sale around alliance ohio innopran xl legal in england over counter medicine similar protonix flagyl usa no prescription metformin and pregnancy symptoms what is clomiphene citrate 50mg tablets does viagra require a prescription in australia diovan compared to benicar there yellow viagra pill long term nexium usage long term side effects of evecare best price for blopress cheap atorlip-5 sale uk cost of famvir in australia keppra sales original levitra 20mg von bayer buy estradiol patch online no prescription order eulexin cheap zoloft vs generic brands discount coupon extreme acai viagra alternatives for women cafergot 10 mg cost alesse spain cost of xalatan without insurance viagra cheap us pharmacy american maxalt how much will retin-a 0,05 cost discount trandate retino ac gel price pharmacy express spam how to stop minoxidil 10 percent where cytotec meclizine dose canine get meclizine toronto is there a generic nexium buy ayurslim mexican pharmacies toradol im migraine best place to buy benemid differin drug class does effexor xr come in tablets
 
 

Supreme Court Disaster: In a 5-4 Ruling, Justices Approve of Christian Prayers in Greece, New York

The conservatives on the court, along with Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to keep the prayers while the reliably liberal justices offered a dissent.

One silver lining in all of this is that the conservatives did not say that this means Christian prayers are okay everywhere. Their ruling appears to be limited in scope only to the town of Greece:

The conservative majority offered varying interpretations of when such “ceremonial” prayers would be permissible. Kennedy, along with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, focused on the specifics of the Greece case and did not offer a broad expansion of legislative prayer.

It’s still early and organizations involved with the case will be chiming in soon, but here are some key excerpts from the decision.

 

From Kennedy’s majority opinion:

To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures that sponsor prayers and the courts that are asked to decide these cases to act as supervisors and censors of religious speech, a rule that would involvegovernment in religious matters to a far greater degree than is the case under the town’s current practice of neither editing or approving prayers in advance nor criticizing their content after the fact.

Finally, the Court disagrees with the view taken by the Court of Appeals that the town of Greece contravened the Establishment Clause by inviting a predominantly Christian set of ministers to lead the prayer. The town made reasonable efforts to identify all of the congregations located within its borders and represented that it would welcome a prayer by any minister or layman who wished to give one. That nearly all of the congregations in town turned out to be Christian does not reflect an aversion or bias on the part of town leaders against minority faiths. So long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing.

From Justice Samuel Alito‘s concurring opinion:

Not only is there no historical support for the proposition that only generic prayer is allowed, but as our country has become more diverse, composing a prayer that is acceptable to all members of the community who hold religious beliefs has become harder and harder. It was one thing to compose a prayer that is acceptable to both Christians and Jews; it is much harder to compose a prayer that is also acceptable to followers of Eastern religions that are now well represented in this country. Many local clergy may find the project daunting, if not impossible, and some may feel that they cannot in good faith deliver such a vague prayer.

All that the Court does today is to allow a town to follow a practice that we have previously held is permissible for Congress and state legislatures. In seeming to suggest otherwise, the principal dissent goes far astray.

From Justice Clarence Thomas‘ concurring opinion:

The majority properly concludes that “[o]ffense… does not equate to coercion,” since “[a]dults often encounter speech they find disagreeable[,] and an Establishment Clause violation is
not made out any time a person experiences a sense of affront from the expression of contrary religious views in a legislative forum.”… I would simply add, in light of the foregoing history of the Establishment Clause, that “[p]eer pressure, unpleasant as it may be, is not coercion” either.

From Justice Elena Kagan‘s dissenting opinion:

When a person goes to court, a polling place, or an immigration proceeding — I could go on: to a zoning agency, a parole board hearing, or the DMV — government officials do not engage in sectarian worship, nor do they ask her to do likewise. They all participate in the business of government not as Christians, Jews, Mus­lims (and more), but only as Americans — none of them different from any other for that civic purpose. Why not, then, at a town meeting?

… the not-so-implicit message of the majority’s opinion — “What’s the big deal, anyway?” — is mistaken. The content of Greece’s prayers is a big deal, to Christians and non-Christians alike. A person’s response to the doctrine, language, and imagery contained in those invocations reveals a core aspect of identity — who that person is and how she faces the world. And the responses of different individuals, in Greece and across this country, of course vary. Contrary to the majority’s apparent view, such sectarian prayers are not “part of our expressive idiom” or “part of our heritage and tradition,” assuming the word “our” refers to all Americans.

From Justice Steven Breyer‘s dissenting opinion:

Having applied my legal judgment to the relevant facts, I conclude, like JUSTICE KAGAN, that the town of Greece failed to make reasonable efforts to include prayer givers of minority faiths, with the result that, although it is a community of several faiths, its prayer givers were almost exclusively persons of a single faith.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which argued against the sectarian prayers, just released this statement:

“The Supreme Court just relegated millions of Americans — both believers and nonbelievers — to second-class citizenship,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, which sponsored the lawsuit. “Government should not be in the business of forcing faith on anyone, and now all who attend meetings of their local boards could be subjected to the religion of the majority.

“This ruling is out of step with the realities of modern-day America,” Lynn said. “In a country where pluralism and diversity are expanding every day, a Supreme Court decision that gives the green light to ‘majority-rules’ prayer at local government is exactly what we don’t need.”

The Secular Coalition for America also released a statement:

Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America said that sectarian legislative prayer practice does violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and actively discourages citizens who wish to avoid taking part in sectarian prayers from participating in democratic institutions.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Court chose to ignore the very blatant burden sectarian prayer imposes on the conscience of citizens with diverse religious beliefs and those without religious beliefs,” said Rogers. “Our founders went to great lengths to ensure that no American would be disenfranchised from civic participation due to their personal religious beliefs or lack thereof. This ruling violates the founding secular principles our country was built on.

The Center For Inquiry, which wrote an amicus brief against the prayers, has weighed in:

“Our Constitution demands respect for the beliefs of everyone. Sectarian prayer during public meetings of government bodies unquestionably contradicts that constitutional mandate,” said attorney Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “Sectarian prayer endorses a particular set of religious beliefs, and excludes not only the nonreligious, but those of differing faiths. It conveys the unmistakable message that those who do not share the majority’s beliefs are second-class citizens.

Added Lindsay, “The majority’s reliance on tradition ignores the enormous changes in American society, and dismisses the concerns of the rapidly growing population of nonbelievers, as well as those who have beliefs that differ from mainstream Christianity. It’s both striking and sad that five of the six Christian justices on the Supreme Court formed the majority. With a Supreme Court that appears hostile to the rights of religious minorities, those of us who believe in a secular government must redouble our legal and advocacy efforts.

The American Humanist Association announced (via email) that they will be launching a program to “provide resources for atheists and humanists to deliver secular invocations during legislative meetings.”

The Humanist Society, an adjunct of the American Humanist Association, just launched as a platform for humanists to be identified within local government borders so that they can offer secular invocations pursuant to a legislative prayer practice.The website provides sample secular invocations and an interactive map to find a humanist who can deliver an invocation in one’s local area.Though this is a new program, there are already 50 individuals approved to give secular invocations, and the program is actively seeking to bolster this number.

“Non-religious people are often asked to contribute to a ceremonial event, but some struggle to find an alternative to religious wording,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We want to make it easier for anyone who wants to give a secular invocation so that legislative meetings can be nondiscriminatory.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is responding by holding a contest for best secular invocation:

FFRF, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers, with more than 20,000 atheist and agnostic members nationwide, is responding to the hostile court ruling by announcing a “Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award.” The award will be given to citizens who succeed in delivering secular “invocations” at government meetings.

The individual judged to give the “best” secular invocation will be invited to open FFRF’s annual convention with the “invocation,” receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to our 37th annual convention at the Los Angeles Biltmore Oct. 24-25 and an honorarium of $500.

FFRF plans to make the contest an annual event until the Greece decision is overturned. All eligible secular invokers will receive a certificate suitable for framing, and FFRF will post the invocation on its website.

We’d like to see secular citizens flood government meetings with secular invocations that illustrate why government prayers are unnecessary, ineffective, divisive, embarrassing and exclusionary of the 20-30 percent of the U.S. population today that identifies as nonreligious,” [FFRF co-President Annie Laurie] Gaylor said.

Government officials need to get off their knees and get to work,” added Dan Barker, a former evangelical minister and author of “Godless,” who now co-directs FFRF. He has another suggestion: “Be a Paine in the government’s Mass.

The big question now is what happens when other towns decide to inject sectarian prayers into their meetings. Will the Court’s decision here apply to them as well, or can lawsuits still be filed by those who object?

In any case, this ruling means that we’ll be hearing “Jesus” a lot more at government meetings than we did before — and you can bet that Christian groups will be testing the boundaries of the law everywhere.

Incidentally, echoing what Ron Lindsay said, all five of the justices voting to allow the Christian prayers are Roman Catholic. While Justice Sonia Sotomayor is, too, her fellow dissenters are all Jewish.

 Source: Patheos